About Undersheriff Tim Braniff


Tim grew up in the Yakima Valley and graduated from Yakima Valley Community College in 1983 with an Associate of Arts Degree in Mid-Management and in 2010 received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Business from City University of Seattle.

Tim began his law enforcement career in 1983 with the Zillah Police Department. He started his employment with the Washington State Patrol (WSP) on March 4, 1986, as a trooper cadet and was commissioned as a Trooper on January 9, 1987. He worked his way up through the ranks of the WSP to Captain working in various assignments throughout the agency including Field Operations, Technical Services, Professional Standards, and the Investigative Assistance Division before retiring on February 11, 2011.

On February 14, 2011, Tim was appointed by Sheriff John Snaza to serve as Undersheriff for the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office. As Undersheriff, he is responsible for the overall operations of the Sheriff’s Office, which consists of 227 employees and a budget of over $34 million.

Tim is a graduate of the FBI National Academy Session #226 and was elected in July 2015 to serve on the FBI National Academy Executive Board. Tim is also a Charter Member of Gateway Rotary of Thurston County.

During his off-duty time, Tim enjoys spending time with his family skiing, bicycling, and working in his yard.